To saw or not to saw that is the question….

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What would Health and Safety make of this photo we found on the good old social media today?!

There are many things wrong with this photo, one could almost mistake it for a circus act. If you were to come across this in a forest clearing we would suggest running for your life – quite literally!

Don’t try this at home

We liken this photo to a comedy of errors, however there is a multitude of dangerous problems that could result in this fellow loosing his life or at best being seriously injured.

Let’s take a look more closely.

  • The ladder is not secured properly
  • Clearly using a ladder in the first place is a no no as once the tree is sawn off, it will take the ladder with it. When securing your ladder ensure that the work you are carrying out won’t affect the stability of your ladder.

    (Let’s hope that his ladder is at least EN131 certified!.)

    Ladders should be secured against a suitable surface where there is little risk of slipping – clearly a tree trunk is not a good idea! Ladders should also be placed on a secure surface. Uneven ground is never a good idea as this could slide from underneath the ladder.

  • Using the ladder incorrectly
  • When using a ladder you should position yourself facing the rungs – never use a ladder facing away from the rungs like this photos shows. This could cause the ladder to become unbalanced and additionally you have nothing to hold on to.

    When ascending and descending the ladder, keep each hand on either side of the ladder to maintain your balance. Where possible, keep tools in a tool belt.

  • Lack of personal protective equipment
  • When carrying out jobs such as tree cutting, it is essential that you kit yourself out with personal protective equipment such as a hard hat, goggles, ear protection and gloves – none of that wood dust should be going in your eye!

  • Just where is he cutting that tree stump?!
  • That will be one huge stump once chopped! Most trees are cut leaving the shortest stump possible. It appears that this guy is simply sawing at the easiest angle.

    Let’s hope that the trunk doesn’t come crashing down on this head!!



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    Are you at risk of a ladder accident?

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    Don’t become a ladder statistic! With the right knowledge, a ladder is an indispensable tool for all manner of DIY, trade and industrial jobs. The incorrect usage of a ladder can lead to nasty accidents and unfortunately can cause serious accidents or even death.

    With Spring on it’s way, it is traditional for Spring cleaning to begin in homes across the country. The brightness of the sun can show up all manner of things that need attention that the darkness of Winter has covered up. From cobwebs in high corners, to drab looking paint, Spring cleaning nearly always ends up with a list of DIY tasks.

    Of course outside is no different. At this time of year, bushes and hedges are showing signs of life and the Winter growth can now be safely cut back. In the same way you take care with gardening equipment, you need to take care when using ladders outside.

    Whether you use a ladder indoors or outdoors, each area presents different hazards that you should be aware of before you use your ladder. Here at BPS Access Solutions, we present a list of the most common accidents that occur with ladders:

    Common mistakes made with ladders that can lead to an accident

  • Wrong ladder in use
  • This is by far one of the most common reasons for accidents to occur on ladders. In nearly every case the user knows they are taking a dangerous risk, never take a risk it can cost you far more than the purchase of the right ladder. From ladders balanced against tree trunks, to the wrong ladder size being used all manner of things can go wrong when using an incorrect ladder.

    If you carry out several tasks around your home and garden, it will be worth your while investing in a multi purpose ladder which will take care of virtually every ladder need you could have from a step ladder to an extension ladder.

    If you work near to sources of power, it is worth investing in a fibreglass ladder to protect against electrical shock/ Aluminium ladders are not suitable for use near electrical power sources.

  • No inspection carried out prior to use
  • It is important to carry out an inspection of your ladder before you begin to use it. In particular check the rungs and side rails for damage or missing parts. Ensure that the locks are in place and in good condition and check that the feet are intact and free of damage. Remember that dirt such as mud and leaves on the ladder can cause the ladder or you to slip so remember to clean off any excess dirt before using it.

  • Never use a ladder which you suspect is unsafe
  • Twists and distortions on aluminium ladders are extremely dangerous. Never use a ladder which has visible damage. Even a ladder that has been dropped which shows no visible damage should not be used. For those of you who still use a wooden ladder, it is worth noting that cracks and splits can often hide under paint. Wooden ladders should ideally be upgrading to the more modern aluminium models.

    Never feel pressured to use a ladder you feel is unsafe. Ask for another ladder for your task.

  • Ladder placed on a dangerous surface
  • Ladders should always be placed on a solid flat surface. Never take a risk and hope for the best, this is when accidents happen. Always position your ladder on the ground, never from a location such as a flat roof. Always ensure that the ladder is placed so the feet are in direct contact with the ground that is free of leaves, sand or other debris.

    Always position the ladder correctly – never too close or too far away from your work.

  • Ladder placed in a dangerous location
  • If you are carrying out work in a doorway or in a location where someone could walk into you, it would be a good idea to display some signage to warn people that you are there. Lock access doors so people do not accidentally open them.

  • Not using both hands to climb the ladder
  • Both hands need to be free when climbing a ladder. Carry tools in a tool belt or hoist them up in a bucket after you climb. Never climb the top two rungs of a ladder as this could cause the ladder to tip.

  • Over reaching
  • Always place the ladder where you need it. Never take a chance by over reaching – this could tip the ladder. Also avoid sudden unnecessary movements as this could also cause the ladder to tip. If you are working in a larger area such as when cleaning fascias, a scaffold tower may be a better option than a ladder.

  • Being under the influence
  • Never use a ladder when under the influence of medication or alcohol. If you feel unwell do not attempt to use your ladder. It is important that you are alert when using a ladder.

  • Only one person at a time!
  • Never allow more than one person to use a ladder at the same time. This could exceed its weight allowance causing the ladder to buckle or become unsafe.

  • Incorrect storage
  • Ladders left to their own devices on a roof rack or in poor conditions can become dangerous. Store your ladder away from heat and dampness and away from where it could be tampered with. A garage is a good place to store ladders but many ladders now fold down to compact sizes – our telescopic ladders and multi purpose ladders fold down small enough to fit in a cupboard or your car boot!

    Always practice safe procedures

    Ladders of all sizes can be dangerous. It doesn’t matter whether you are using a step ladder or an extension ladder, you need to practice safe ladder usage. Whether you are at home or in the workplace the principles are always the same. Taking the extra time when using ladders is worth the effort and may even save your life.



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    Inspecting your ladder for use

    Many people worry about ladder safety, however in actual fact, a quality ladder which is being used safely and for the right purpose, is the perfect tool for working at height. Accidents on ladders often occur because risks were taken in the first place – over reaching or placing the ladder in an inappropriate position are the most common causes of accident.

     

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    Take care when assembling your ladder

    Never rush setting your ladders up. Make sure the locking mechanisms are engaged. Rushing to assemble your ladder could mean that the ladder collapses whilst in use. Rushing from a leafy area into a dry space could mean the ladder slips due to leaves still attached to the ladder feet. A simple check over before ascending your ladder could avoid this terrifying scenario.

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    When to carry out checks on your ladder

    A good quality ladder will last you for many years to come, however it is still vitally important that you, as the user of the ladder carry out a pre-use check on your ladder:

    • at the start of every working day.
    • if something changes such as moving the ladder from a dirty area to a clean area, or if the ladder is dropped etc.

    Never take someone elses word that the ladder is safe, always be certain yourself that your ladder is safe before using it.

    Never assume that the ladder is safe. Damage can occur during storage or transit that you may be unaware of.

    Carry out these simple daily checks

    A ladder pre-use check can sound like a long and drawn out task, but it needn’t be and it could even save your life. Ladder pre-use checks will soon become a matter of habit rather than an inconvenience to the professional ladder user.

    • Stiles

    Check that these are not bent or damaged. The ladder could buckle or collapse if used with bent styles. Never take a risk.

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    • Feet

    Check the feet on the ladder. They should be of a good size and made of rubber for superior grip. Ensure that the feet are not missing, worn or damaged. Check your ladder feet regularly particularly when you move from one area to another. Loose soil, gravel or sand can stick to the feet. Make sure that this unwanted material is not in contact with the ground as this could cause the ladder to slip. Ensure it is the feet (rather than the material) which are in contact with the ground at all times.

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    • Rungs

    Check all the rungs are in place and firmly attached. Bent, loose, missing or worn rungs can cause the ladder to fail, or you could slip and fall.

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    • check locking mechanisms

    Engage all safety devices on your ladder including locking bars. If they are bent or fixings are worn or damaged, the ladder could collapse. Never use your ladder if the safety features are not engaging, you risk serious injury or even death.

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    • Check the platform if you are using a step ladder

    Step ladders can be just as dangerous as any other type of ladder if it is being used in a dangerous condition. If the platform is split or buckled, it can cause the step ladder to become unsafe.

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    • Inspect the rungs for dirt

    Even if the rungs are perfectly usable, a serious accident could occur from the dirt that is in contact with them. Always ensure your rungs are clear from excess debris. Similarly, ensure that your footwear is also. Leaves can easily become affixed to soles and will be like a skating rink when in contact with the ladder rungs. Take care!

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    If you have concerns about the safety of your ladder

    First and foremost, never consider using a ladder which you feel is unsafe. If the ladder is your own, then the outlet from which you replaced it should be able to assist with the replacement of parts which have failed. Here at BPS Access Solutions, we offer a free lifetime guarantee on all of our ladders.

    If you do not have a guarantee on your ladder, then the safest option is to replace it. Never use a ladder which you feel is unsafe.



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    How not to use a scaffold tower

    There is plenty of information out there on how BEST to use a scaffold tower, but has anyone ever told you how NOT to use a scaffold tower?

    It may seem obvious, but some of these gaffes below will make you snigger if nothing else. Never under estimate peoples stupidity when it comes to making use of a scaffold tower!

    However, some of the tips are actually quite useful, do you know how strong the wind needs to blow before you stop work for example? Also did you know that the type of work you carry out on a scaffold tower affects its stability?

    From the sublime to the ridiculous – scaffold tower safety addressed

    •  Use leg adjusters correctly

    Using leg adjusters incorrectly like in the picture below is a big no-no! Hopefully the answer why is obvious. Ensure the leg adjusters maintain a level stability of your scaffold tower. Improper use creates a tilting hazard.

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    • Do not use boxes or other objects to gain additional height

    Always ensure you are able to reach the required height with your scaffold tower. Never place any objects upon it in order to gain additional height.

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    • Never bridge the gap

    Always resist the temptation to stride from your scaffold tower onto a building. Never do this unless this is an approved access route. Doing the splits at height is not a good idea!

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    • Never jump onto platforms

    Doing the leap of faith is never recommended in the world of Health and Safety. Never jump directly onto platforms or any part of your scaffold tower. You could fall or cause instability on the scaffold tower.

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    • Tie your tower if possible when working outside or in exposed conditions

    To protect yourself against extremes in weather, tie your tower to a rigid structure if possible whilst you are working. It protects against embarrassing scenarios like this….and you’ll be keeping the neighbours happy too!

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    • Beware of the funnel effect

    The funnel effect caused by wind passing through an enclosed space has caught many scaffold tower users off guard. Take care if you’re working in confined spaces and building sites. Do not work in windy conditions as could cause injury and stability issues.

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    • Do not exceed the safe working load of the scaffold tower

    Don’t forget to take account of your materials and equipment you will need on your scaffold tower. Don’t store heavy materials such as tiles or cement un-necessarily, exceeding the safe working load of your scaffold tower will lead to uneasy situations like this.

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    • Beware of horizontal forces from your equipment

    Working safely goes beyond safe erection of your tower. Ensure that your tools will not create a horizontal force. The sheer power from jet washes and power tools could throw you backwards and in extreme cases the scaffold tower with it.

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    • Scaffold towers are not designed to be suspended

    Need we say more? Always keep your scaffold tower on the ground. Never work on it while it’s suspended. In fact never suspend it ever!

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    • Beware of live apparatus and overhead cables

    Remember metal conducts electricity so take care when carrying out electrical work using aluminium and steel scaffold towers. In addition take care when repositioning your scaffold tower and keep a look out for overhead power cables.

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    • Do not lift an assembled scaffold tower from the ground

    Never attempt to lift a scaffold tower from the ground that is fully assembled. Parts could fall causing death or serious injury. If a scaffold tower needs to be moved a reasonable distance, it will need to be taken down and reassembled in the required location. Never move a scaffold tower whilst people are working on it.

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    Still unsure on safe usage of a scaffold tower?

    Here at BPS Access Solutions, we recommend that you undertake appropriate training before using a scaffold tower if you do not feel confident in it’s use. In the workplace, it is illegal not to have received training in the safe use and working practice when using scaffold towers.

    Always stay safe and never take risks using either ladders or scaffold towers.



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    What size extension ladder do I need?

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    A popular question we get asked often in our customer services department is how to work out the right size of extension ladder.

    Identifying the correct size of extension ladder is a relatively straight forward task. Putting that aside, however, it is still imperative that the right size of extension ladder is used in order to avoid ladder trips, slips and falls.

    Finding the right size in simple terms

    If you need a rough guesstimate then you can simply drop a tape measure out of your window. Some people simply measure the ceilings in their home and add another 50-100cm to allow for the ladder pitch and depth of ceiling.

    Here at BPS Access Solutions, we highly recommend that you measure correctly to ensure that the extension ladder you purchase is suitable for the job and most importantly of all will not cause a serious injury or worse by incorrect usage.

    How to measure for a standard 2 floor house

    To measure the length of extension ladder required on a 2 floor house, you can use a very simple formula.

    Do you remember the Pythagoras Theorem from your school days? The formula to use is very similar although thankfully it won’t require you to re-learn all the terminology!

    Imagine that (a) is your house wall and (b) is the ground on which the ladder will be sitting. The pitch of the extension ladder will make up (c.) If the pitch is too long the ladder will be sitting at a dangerous angle and if too short your ladder will not be long enough to reach the job.

    Thankfully our extension ladders here at BPS come in 3 sections, so you only need to use the sections that are needed which allow for greater versatility of jobs. We do suggest ensuring you can reach the top of your house though with your extension ladders.

    Getting the pitch of the extension ladder right

    The average 2 floor house will be just over 6 metres in height. This means that the base of the ladder must be placed just over 1.5 metres away from the base of the house wall. The top of the ladder must extend beyond the roof edge by approximately 90cm.

    If the ladder pitch is not correct, there is a serious risk of the ladder slipping or tipping away from the wall when in use.

    Our ladders are amongst the safest on the market today and we promote safe use of ladders to ensure your safety when in use.

    How to calculate what size extension ladder you will need

    The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) states that ladders need to be at an angle of 75 degrees away from the wall. This is known as the 1 in 4 rule. To get the angle right, you will need to know how far off the ground your roof is.

    So assuming our measurements for the 2 floor house – 6 M in height with a Base of 1.5M we then need to use the Pythagoras Theorem to work out the ladder length. You need to square (a) and (b) to get (c.)

    • So 6 x 6 + (1.5 x 1.5) [a + b]
    • 6 x 6 = 36 1.5 x 1.5 = 2.25
    • 36 + 2.25 = 38.25 [c]
    • Square root of 38.25 is 6.20 approximately. Add approximately 1 more metre (for ease) to account for additional extension beyond the roof edge, which means you would need a ladder of just over 7m in height.

    Things to look out for

    Common mistakes that are made with extension ladder length include

     

    • Forgetting to account for dips in the ground

    The Pythagoras Theorem calculation assumes flat ground. In reality the ground has dips and bumps in it. Always ensure your ladder will still be long enough. It is better to have a longer ladder than to scrimp on the length. If there are any doubts, you could use a spirit level to determine the difference in ground levels or better still use a ladder leveller which will ensure your ladder is level on the ground.

     

    • Beware of two section extension ladders

    Bare in mind that the higher up an extension ladder you go, the more wobbly it gets. This is why at BPS Access Solutions we eliminate ‘the wobble’ by having a three section extension ladder. Not only does this enable you to complete jobs at a lower level, it is also easier to store due to the compact size it folds down to.

     

    • Check the weight rating of the ladder

    For maximum comfort and safety, always ensure the ladder is suitable for your weight before purchase. Our ladders have a massive weight rating of 150kg, however they are still lightweight and easy to put up and down.

    Remember a ladder from BPS Access Solutions will last for many years to come. Make sure the extension ladder will fully suit your needs before purchase.

     



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    Instructions on how to fit a sliding loft ladder

    Congratulations! You have purchased a new sliding loft ladder, now your life will be made easier by being able to access your loft easily and safely!

    However, there are a few things to bear in mind before you begin to install your new ladder. Avoid rookie errors such as ensuring there is enough space within your loft to fold the ladder when not in use, ensuring that you have an additional ladder to use whilst installing your loft ladder and ensuring that the ground area where the ladder is pulled down to is suitable.

    Remember loft ladders are only designed for use at home and should not be considered to be a permanent staircase. It should be treated as any other ladder when in use and should not be used by pets or anyone under the age of 16.

    Before you start

    Make sure the sliding loft ladder you have purchased is suitable for use in your home. In particular ensure that the ladder will be able to open to it’s minimum height and not exceed it’s maximum height – these issues are particularly relevant if you live in a property with lower or higher than average ceiling heights.

    You also need to ensure that there is space in your loft for your ladder to fold up in. So check the pitch height in your loft and the minimum internal loft height required for safe installation of your ladder. Remember your ladder will need to fold up and will be lifted into your loft when not in use. Look at the diagram below to give you an idea:

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    Finally, before you start, ensure that you will not exceed the maximum load which will be indicated clearly on the packaging.

    Get the right tools

    To avoid personal injury and to safely install your sliding loft ladder, you will need the correct tools for the job. You will also need another suitable ladder which will enable you to access the loft safely whilst you are installing your sliding loft ladder.

    Installing a sliding loft ladder is a two person job so you will need a competent person to help you to install it – one person working in the loft and the other at ground level.

    You will also need the following tools and equipment:

     

    • Tape measure

     

    • Pencil

     

    • Sharp point Bradawl

     

    • Drill and 2mm, 3mm and 13mm wood drill bits

     

    • Phillips screw driver

     

    • 2x 8mm spanner

     

    • 17 mm spanner

     

    • Wood glue (is optional)

    Unpacking your ladder

    Carefully unpack your ladder checking carefully for any damage that might have occurred in transit. A damaged loft ladder will require a replacement so unpack to check the contents as soon as possible.

    Check that you have all the components necessary to assemble and install your sliding loft ladder:

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    Installing your loft ladder

    Only proceed to install the sliding loft ladder if you feel confident in doing so. Remember to work tidily and keep tools and parts away from the loft hatch where they could drop or on the floor area where the could be a tripping hazard.

    You may need to install wooden batons or noggins to be able to fit the pivot bar or retaining bar in the correct position, however, never be tempted to fit unauthorised parts to the sliding loft ladder itself as this will invalidate it’s warranty.

    Take care when installing the loft ladder and do not attempt to use it in any way until it is fully installed. If any damage is caused, for safety reasons it will need to be discarded and replaced.

    Preparing the trap door

    If you do not have a loft ladder already, your loft hatch may be of the push up variety. You need to have a trapdoor that you pull down to open. The first 4 steps will show you how to prepare and fit a loft door complete with opening assembly ready to install your sliding loft ladder. If your loft door is already in place, you can go straight to step 5 – installing the ladder.

    Step 1

    Hanging the trapdoor:

    Attach the hinges to the trapdoor by drilling 2mm pilot holes and screw the hinges, equally spaced, to one end of the trapdoor using 4x 18mm screws. Install the trapdoor by positioning the fitted hinges against the hatch frame and mark the fixing hole positions. Drill 2mm pilot holes and screw the hinges to the hatch surround using 4x 18mm screws.

    TIPS

    • Your new trapdoor should have a minimum thickness of 20mm with a 2mm gap all the way around when door is fitted in the hatch.
    • Trapdoor will attach to the same side of the hatch frame as the loft ladder.
    • Minimum gap of 50mm between the top of the trapdoor when closed and top edge of the frame.
    • Optional – fill the screw holes with wood glue before inserting the screws to increase strength.

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    Step 2

    Preparing the trapdoor

    Hold up trap door in the closed position.

    A&B: At the opposite end to where you have fitted the hinges, measure and mark a line onto the trapdoor, 31mm from the edge of the frame. Measure and mark a centre line.

    C: Open the trapdoor and drill a 13mm hole where the lines meet and sand off any rough edges

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    Step 3

    Fitting the catch assembly

    Push the twist catch collars (no. 3 & 4) into each side of the hole you just drilled with the large catch collar (no. 4) on the outside of the trapdoor.

    Insert the pivot pin (no. 5) through the outside of the hatch through the hole and secure using the second nut (1). Ensure the pivot pin can twist freely.

    Place the catch lever (no. 2) onto the pivot pin (as shown) and secure using the second nut (1). Again ensure the pivot pin twists freely.

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    Step 4

    Catch bracket fitting

     A: Measure the thickness of your trapdoor and add 9mm. Draw a line this distance up from the bottom of the hatch opening, parallel with it. Close the trapdoor and mark a vertical line on the inside of the hatch frame where the centre of the twist catch meets the hatch frame.

    B: Open the trapdoor and position the catch bracket on the hatch frame, lining up with the vertical and horizontal lines as show ring. Mark the fixing hole positions.

    Drill 2mm pilot holes and fix the bracket using 2x 18mm screws.

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    Installing the ladder

    Step 5

    Remove the end caps and slide on the pivot bar stops

    A: Remove both end caps from the stiles on the back of the loft ladder, closest to the end where the rubber feet are fitted.

    B: Slide a pivot bar stop onto each stile (side) of the ladder, do not secure in place yet.

    NOTE:

    A pair of pivot bar stops have already been installed at the top of the loft ladder.

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    Step 6

    Slide on the pivot bar assembly

    Ensure the pivot bar is fully assembled, with the pivot bar sliders slotted into the pivot bar rod.

    Slot the pivot bar assembly onto the stiles.

    TIPS:

    The pivot bar brackets MUST be the correct way round, as shown with the brackets in an upside down “L” position.

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    Step 7

    Slide on remaining pivot bar stops and refit end caps

    A: Slot on the remaining 2 pivot bar stops, do not secure in place yet.

    B: Slot both stile end caps back on to the ends of the stiles.

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    Step 8

    Attach 2x handrails

    Attach the handrail to each side of the loft ladder.

    Place washers (no. 2) onto the 65mm bolts (no. 4), insert through the handrail, mounting block (no. 3) and ladder. Fix using the nuts and washers (no. 1 & 2).

    Tighten using an 8mm spanner.

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    Step 9

     Extend the loft ladder

    Release the locking catch close to the bottom of the loft ladder and then the catch on the top of the front section.

    Extend the ladder fully until the locking catches engage securely with the other catches.

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    Step 10

    Attach the pivot bar

    WARNING! DON’T USE LOFT LADDER UNTIL FULLY INSTALLED.

    One person is needed in the loft for this part of the installation. Position the pivot bar brackets onto the top of the loft hatch frame, on the side the trapdoor is hung.

    Position the loft ladder in the centre of the hatch and make sure it is square with both feet flat on the floor. The pivot bar brackets must be pushed up against the sides of the loft ladder.

    Mark the screws holes onto the frame with pencil, drill 3mm pilot holes and then fix using 6 x 35mm screws.

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    Step 11

    Set the pitch of the ladder and fix top pivot bar stops

    A: position the ladder at the correct angle between 65 and 80 degrees. Alternatively, use the red and white sticker on the side and once you get the white line vertical the ladder is at the correct pitch.

    B: Position the 1st pair of pivot bar stops against the pivot bar sliders and tighten. Make sure the ladder is level and square before tightening stops.

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    Step 12

    Attach the 2x retaining bars

    Fix the retaining bar (no.4) to the top of the loft ladder using the fittings pre assembled to the bar. Tighten using 2x 8mm spanners. Tighten the nut securing the angle bracket (no. 5) to the retaining bar (no. 4). Do not over tighten, the bracket must be able to move freely. Fix the angle bracket to the attic floor using 2x 18m screws. Do the same for the 2nd retaining bar on the other side.

    TIPS

    Install additional wooden noggins to fix the retaining bar in the correct position if necessary.

    The retaining bars must be in line with the ladder not at an angle.

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    Step 13

    Stow the loft ladder away and further fix pivot bar stops

    A: release the 2x catches found on the right hand side of ladder. Slide the 2 front sections up until the catches engage with the other catches.

    B: Push the ladder up into the loft by hand as far as you can reach and then insert the stowing pole into the side of the bottom rung and push the loft ladder up until fully stowed away safely.

    C: Slide the 2nd pair of pivot bar stops up to meet the pivot bar sliders and tighten securely with screwdriver.

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    Using your slider loft ladder

    Installed correctly, your slider loft ladder will give many years of outstanding service, however to keep it working at it’s best, be sure to check through the instruction leaflet and carry out any recommended maintenance on the ladder.

    Specifically, here at BPS Access Solutions, we recommend that you check that the 4 pivot bar stops are secured in the correct position and the screws are tight.

    Make sure that the fixings and handrail are secure before each use, tighten screws and fittings as necessary.

    Always use your slider loft ladder in accordance to the manufacturers instructions and additionally, follow the instructions given on the side of the slider loft ladder.

    How to open and close your loft door

     To close the trapdoor

    Insert the pole into the twist catch and push the trapdoor up into its closed position and turn the catch clockwise to lock.

    To open the trapdoor:

    Insert the pole into the twist catch and turn the catch anticlockwise to unlock. Carefully lower the trapdoor using the stowing pole.

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    How to pull your loft ladder out of the loft and put it back again

    Insert the pole into the bottom rung of the ladder and carefully pull out and down simultaneously. Ensure you carefully control the descent of the ladder so as not to endanger any persons or animals.

    When the ladder stops, release the 2 catches found on the right hand side and extend it until the catch engages with the other locking catches. DO NOT use the loft ladder unless the locking catch is fully engaged.

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    Before you use your slider loft ladder

    When the ladder is deployed, make sure that:

     

    • The locking catch is fully engaged.

     

    • Both feet are flat on the floor.

     

    • The ladder is at the correct angle (65-80°).

     

    Using your slider loft ladder safely

    When in use, you should treat your slider loft ladder in the same way as you would treat any other ladder, however it should only ever be used as a loft ladder and not for any other purpose.

    When the ladder is in use, only one person should be using the ladder at any one time. You should not carry loads in excess of 10kg whilst on the ladder.

    Always wear sensible footwear with clean, non-slip soles and face the ladder at all times whilst keeping a grip on the ladder at all times when climbing up or down the ladder. Never over reach on a loft ladder, you could overbalance and injure yourself.

    Do not use the loft ladder if you are tired or under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

    Lastly, keep your loft ladder clean. A quick wipe down regularly will be sufficient, however keeping your slider loft ladder clean and dust free will ensure it continues to work properly. 



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